Third-seeded Kathy Rinaldi, using a brilliant display of passing shots and overhead smashes, defeated eighth-seeded Kathy Jordan, 6-0, 7-5, Saturday to advance to the final of a $150,000 Virginia Slims tennis tournament at Chicago.
Bonnie Gadusek beat Wendy Turnbull, 7-6, 6-2, in the other semifinal and will play Rinaldi today for the title.
For Jordan, who scored the biggest upset of the tournament in beating top-seeded Pam Shriver Friday, it was an afternoon of frustration.
“I did not have time to even think about the Rinaldi match after playing late Friday,” she said. “Rinaldi is strictly a baseliner, and unlike Chris Evert Lloyd, who is flexible, the only way to beat her is to drop-shot her.”
Rinaldi, however, forced Jordan, 25, to stay on the baseline.
Rinaldi, 18, broke Jordan’s service in the opening game of the first set, after the game had gone to deuce twice.
From that moment, Rinaldi forced Jordan into numerous errors while keeping her away from the net.
In the second set, Jordan continued to lose points as her backhand drop shot failed.
After Rinaldi went ahead, 2-0, Jordan finally held her serve in the third game, collecting her first ace. Capitalizing on Rinaldi’s inability to get in her first serve, Jordan fought back to tie the set at 5-5, but Rinaldi won the next two games to take the match.
Top-seeded Mats Wilander of Sweden defeated Henri Leconte of France, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, to advance to the final of the $100,000 Martini Open tournament at Geneva.
Wilander will face third-seeded Tomas Smid of Czechoslovakia, who beat unseeded Spaniard Juan Aguilera, 7-5, 6-4.
Wilander started off the match sluggishly but came back in the second set, moving to a 5-1 lead before losing two more games to the Frenchman.
The turning point came in the fourth game of the third set, when Wilander broke Leconte’s serve to take a 3-1 lead.
Leconte, who was down, 0-40, fought back to win four straight points and take the advantage. But Wilander brought the game back to deuce, and it went to deuce three more times before the Swede finally won on a shot that hit the net and dropped out of Leconte’s reach.